Happy Win chalks up a century in Dunchurch

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BIRTHDAY celebrations are taking place at a Rugby nursing home on Tuesday for centenarian Win Lines.

She received a birthday card from the Queen before her 100th birthday at Abbeyfield nursing home in Dunchurch Road.

Born Charlotte Winifed Lines in Ormsby, North Yorkshire, on May 1, 1912, ‘Win’ as she is known was the oldest of three brothers and two sisters.

Her parents owned a fish and chip shops and a small market garden.

At 18, Win left home to live in Bournemouth as she suffered from asthma and doctors advised that sea air and pine trees would be beneficial to her health.

She became a lady’s companion and during this time she met her future husband Martin.

They married in October 1935 and had two daughters.

Win and her husband brought a guesthouse which they successfully ran from 1952 - 1985. They retired to Rugby to be near their youngest daughter and grandchildren.

Martin died in 1998 and Win continued to live alone until she moved into Abbeyfield in 2008. Her hobbies included cooking, old time dancing and travelling abroad.

She has three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.